Glossary: Cooptation

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Etymology

From coopt +‎ -ation.

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Noun

cooptation (plural cooptations)

  1. A co-opting: a commandeering, appropriation, or taking over.
  2. A co-opting: an absorption or assimilation.
  3. In sociology, co-option refers to a trend or idea being incorporated into mainstream culture; see also Cultural appropriation.
  4. Cooptation may also refer to the tactic of neutralizing or winning over a minority by assimilating them into the established group or culture.

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Synonyms

  • (commandeering): cooption
  • (absorption, assimilation): cooption